Pilgrim’s and Kroger on Tuesday announced a joint partnership to support communities impacted by Hurricane Florence through a donation of 80,000 pounds of Just BARE chicken — Pilgrim’s brand committed to providing good food for more people.

The Pilgrim’s and Kroger teams are proud to lend their support to Hurricane Florence recovery efforts. Partnering with Feeding America, the joint effort will distribute 750,000 meals to families and local communities in the Carolinas recovering from the natural disaster that made landfall on September 14.

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Pictured, from left to right: Jeff Wolfe (Inventory Control Coordinator), Tom Weiglein (Chief Strategy Officer), Zach Nissen (Regional Outreach Coordinator), Jay Robinson (Pilgrim’s), Debbie Hansley (Corporate Partnerships Coordinator), Andrew Elder (Kroger), and Michelle Parrish (Warehouse Assistant).

 “It has been humbling to watch communities come together to support one another in this time of need,” said Felix Turner, Kroger Corporate Affairs Manager. “We are proud to partner with Pilgrim’s to provide this donation of Just BARE Chicken to communities in need and believe it will make a difference to those families who are in the midst of recovering and rebuilding.”

Pilgrim’s and Kroger have partnered with several Feeding America relief organizations to assist with product distribution, including: Low Country Food Bank, Myrtle Beach, SC; Harvest Hope Food Bank, Columbia, South Carolina; and Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia, Savannah, Georgia.

 Our commitment to people extends beyond the dinner table,” said Jayson Penn, President, Pilgrim’s USA. “We have several facilities and family farm partners in the Carolinas in the areas impacted by Florence and we are humbled to work alongside true partners such as Kroger, who share the same passion and commitment for supporting others and cultivating a sense of community.”

Pilgrim’s has also donated an additional 19,000 pounds, or 180,000 meals, to support Hurricane Florence relief. In addition, Pilgrim’s team members in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia have provided food, ice, bottled water, and clothing, and volunteered to assist in local cleanup and recovery efforts.

To learn more about Pilgrim’s and Just BARE’s Raising Goodness® efforts in communities, visit pilgrims.com, justbarechicken.com.